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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Decorah, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food was Awesome and so was price, Would be nice if their place was larger. Very busy place and makes you feel like your in Mexico. Have to wait to eat due to size of place and so busy.

Thank Ty H
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best place to eat in Decorah the food is fabulous and the service is top notch the drinks are great as well real authentic Mexican cuisine.

Thank Aaron S
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly Mexican food. The only Mexican food place I have loved, except for the Burritos in the Coronado Island. All of their dishes are amazingly prepared like they were home made; it is a truly Mexican restaurant after all!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have tried many of their dishes, but will usually go for one with Seafood in it. The atmosphere inside is a little bit of Mexico.

Thank Elise N
Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've eaten here every summer I come home from Tucson. Meals are always real good. This time I thought the portions had gotten smaller. My Chimichunga was 1/2 the size of one from Tucson. Nice place to eat though.

Thank NordicgirlluvsAZ
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86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I eat at a lot of Mexican restaurants and this is one of the good ones. Mexican food is either good or bad, no real in between and this location is very good. Excellent customer service too.

Thank mknwtr
Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Having lived in Texas, Colorado, and California, we have a hard time finding good Mexican food in the Midwest, so imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon this joint. Chips were hot and homemade. Salsa was ok (too sweet like almost all restaurant salsas are) but perfectly adequate. Beans and rice were seasoned well and they used cheddar on their... More 

Thank Neil S
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

On our first trip to dine with an out-of-town friend I was skeptical that we would be eating a Tex-Mex version of this wonderful food. I was pleasantly and completely surprised. I once was in a long term relationship with a 1st generation Mexican-American and I give her full credit for my knowledge of AUTHENTIC Mexican cuisine. No matter the... More 

Thank mark248075
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

10 out of 10!! What an authentic and wonderful place! Such friendly staff and great food!! I'm definitely coming back here, everyday for the rest of my God given life!!!

Thank Phil G
Chicago, Illinois
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165 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The owner was welcoming and made us feel at home. The food portions are quite large and the food is terrific! The fajitas were well seasoned, the chicken in cream sauce was delicious and the margaritas were very good. The fried ice cream and the churros desserts were a nice finish to a lovely meal.

Thank PMath5516

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?